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Christopher Williams
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Ok, first off, let me say WOW! I have had this for a little while no and had chance to fit it and play with it and even use it! It is simply incredible! Having owned the Direct Link by John Anders, I thought...how much different can this be...and let me tell you, if you looked at the two, you would think they do different things!!! What James has created here is quite simply one of THE BEST things on the marlet today! The design is great, and perfect for anyone! The craftsmanship is amazing, and top notch, what you get for your money is a bargain. I really doubt anyone can find a flaw with this!

When you open the box, you find your Workeroo and a little something to help fit the item. You also get a CD rom and a DVD. On the CD rom, which I recommend using first, you learn how to set up your Workeroo. On this CD rom, there are 2 word documents. The first is a 2 page document which teaches step by step how to set your Workeroo into your trousers. Plenty of clear pictures as well with EVERY step meaning anyone can follow along, however, best to leave this to your aunt Betty or someone who knows what they are doing, even though it is simple. My fingers mean a lot to me...so I'll get my girlfriend to do it. The other document talks about fitting it in Jeans. Obviously there are two main performance clothes used...Jeans for street performers or people who like performing to friends and family...and even workers and pros wear jeans casually at times to perform. Or, there are the more formal suit trousers. Here you are taught how to do both styles, and you could adapt either to ANY pair of trousers, so great that James included that, you can see how well thought out this is.

Then we come to the DVD. The DVD is not shot in an L & L studio, and not to an L & L audience like we all wish we could take with us everywhere, but in what I would say is some sort of...cafe at a guess...but a very nice looking and classy Café.
First is the introduction where James obviously explains a little about the Workeroo. After that comes the Basic handling. Here James goes through ALL the different little things you can do with this, with a quick demonstration, followed by a quick teach. The Workeroo really is pretty much self explanitory, but James makes sure you still know what to do, and how to do it. The applications are endless! Productions, vanishes, peeks, changes, holdout etc, the list goes on!!!

Now for some routines. The first is a quick coin routine. James performs to a girl a quick coin routine where the coin vanishes and appears in different places a couple times, and then completey vanishes. This is a perfect opener or street starter, and is really cool. Especially as he performs and teaches his coin thru hand. Anyone who does a one coin routine, or any coin routine in the hands, would like this, just to add in to their act, its killer! And fools EVERYONE! After the performance you see the legend that is Gary Jones come on as James takes you step by step at a steady pace through how the first routine worked. The instructions are simple and clear. I knew what was coming up at times...and I still missed it! James goes through misdirection as well here, which is great to hear at all times! He talks about angles etc about which hand goes where at each stage, and even Gary asks questions to help people who would want to ask...but obviously watching a DVD...can't ask the DVD for a response. Gary explains little things that he can/can't see which also gets covered, love it!

After this is a card to pocket routine, very clever, different, and I can see this going into most peopls act IMMEDIATELY!!! Again, a teach in with Gary. First off, a thought of card to pocket, then a repeat, then a complete vanish! Then a 6 card to pocket routine, I really like this!!! Well constructed and again well taught. I missed the 'move' several times, and I want to use this ASAP!!! Going to take a small amount of practice as everything will, but what a brilliant routine. I don't want to say too much because I really want others who get this to see how amazing this routine looks. Again, James shows off his great misdirection built into a routine, and explains step by step, every outcome, what would you do. I think the fact that Gary again asks 'What would happen if...' or adds his own ideas, really adds to this. Gary has in my opinion the best 6 cards to pocket routine created with just 6 cards and pocket...i think he might change to this now! No palming what soever, no moves, highly visual...just...Magical!!! James also goes through several ideas and so does Gary, again strengthening the effect!

Next James does a different card to pocket, which was seen on the demo to the DVD, but extended. Another very well constructed routine, with a signed card. The great thing again is the misdirection. Very simple, very effective, the routine..could be incorporated into your current ambitious card or something like that. A very strong routine indeed!

Ring routine performance- A series of different applications and routines you can do with a borrowed ring. Now, whilst watching, you may think...how can they not see what he is doing?!?! But you will see when you try it yourself, there is built in misdirection. As there are no moves with the workeroo, they have no reason to believe it is anywhere else than where it should be. A great series of things you can do, including a borrowed ring to box which was on display since before you even borrowed it! You learn how to very quickly gimmick ANY ring box, and no it isn't a hole in the bottom! I hate to say it again, but yet another strong routine!!! (Are there any weak ones you can do with this!!...i think not...Smile)
Gary and James also go trough what happens if people look over the box etc and how to handle it, and Gary and James both make some great points!

You the see a live performance of several applications to two guys...who seemed a little gormless if I do say...personally if I saw what James did, I would be very impressed, they didn't seem too impressed, but I think they were impressed, just didn't show it. Gary spoke to them afterwards to see what they thought, and they both commended James on how they didn't see a thing and how amazing it looked.

You also get several ideas, first off, the signed coin in envelope...or out of envelope should I say...holy cow!!! What a great idea!!! Hands clean, hands off, the spectator places the coin in the envelope...they seal it...they hold it...and the dirty work is already done!!! So devilishly clever!

A few cool coin changes and vanishes, even one which changes in mid air!!! This has to be seen! Way way cool guys!

Again, more talks between Gary and James talking about all different ideas and applications that you can take away yourself. The workeroo can be incorporated with so many routines, and they can help get rid of extra items, or gimmicks etc to leave you clean, this really is a dream piece! I can't believe how many ideas these guys gave out! They didn't have to, but it was great, as they were jamming back and forth ideas. This section is just as valuable...if not more valuable than the other ideas, as it really exploits all the different aspects! Credits are given out to who they need to be, and all in all, one of the best releases in years!

So to some up. The workeroo itself is not a trick, it is a utility to work with ANY effect, and I really can't believe I have one. Having seen the direct link and owning one, and then having this, this is far superior and so many more applications and an easy handlings. They are well taught with great ideas and a friendly atmosphere. James really needs to be congratulated on how well this has come out and I think all of what I have just said STILL DOESN't GIVE IT JUSTICE! This is one of those items you have to own and use to appreciate how incredible this is! Well done, and thanks James!!! 11/10!
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Lawrens Godon
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Christopher,

Thanks for the review!
I emailed to James Brown a few weeks ago as for holding one for me.
Unfortunatly I can't afford to buy it right now...I hope There will be some left in the future?

Best,
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One question before I buy this. will my enlarged gut , get int he way ? lol not that I'm huge but still ahaha its a real question in my mind of this is better for the slim
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Size should not be a problem. As long as you can pull it in an inch or so you will be fine! (ie breath in and out)

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Well than it shouldn be a problem for me, one of those young punks that like to wear my pants below the hips..ahha
Joshua Barrett
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Haha I can suck the gut in james! hopefully ill have the cash soon!
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Cant wait to get this!!
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I can tell you only a couple of things about the Workeroo.

Buy it! Buy it! Buy it!

This is very close to the same thing as my Silent Butler. If you find a topit usefull, then the Workeroo will be invaluable. JMHO
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I got a call from my girlfriend telling me a package with magic in it had arrived. I asked who it was from she said "i don't know except I know he had the same name as a famous singer" Either Michael jackson had turned his hand to producing magic or James Brown's workaroo had arrived.....suffice to say it was the latter.

I don't know how this compares to other similar ideas, however I will say that this is a utility item I have wanted for quite some time for use when a topit is not practical and despite making a few enquiries in both the uk and Europe, no one has come back to me with something to sell.....Until now.

the item itself is clearly very well made and I'm sure will work very well. I.m going to get a seamstress to sew it in but I imagine I could quite easily do it. The instructional cd is clear and whilst the pictures are very small, they are fairly high resolution and consequently can be enlarged,

the dvd is really very good, with some nice ideas, I think anyone getting this will probably realise very quickly this has numerous applications akin to the topit.

all in all I think this is an absolute winner,which will no doubt allow some very clean looking magic. I imagine I will be using this at every gig from now on. Thanks James

One further thought. Although it requires some sewing the device is portable and I think if you made a temporary modification to the device you could use it with just one pocket in a number of different pairs of trousers. which really apeals to me,
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On 2007-07-30 13:34, nikyas wrote:
Cant wait to get this!!


I have one, Smile

This is just awesome and the amount of work that went into this project is just staggering. James has been working on this utility device for a number of years now, changing the design and materials etc. It then had to be road tested to iron out all the glitches etc, the result of all this work is what we see now, the Workeroo is finally here.

OK, this isn't something you can do straight after opening the package, this will take some work but nothing difficult. Once you have the Workeroo fitted the only problem you'll have is not over using it Smile.

I've been lucky enough to have been part of the road testing and although it has been a long journey to iron out all the problems i.e. design and materials, it's also been a very enjoyable one on the creative side.

Some great full routines are included on the DVD plus loads of ideas and moves. Just read the Chris William's review, this ain't no hype trust me. On this DVD you will see real miracles performed in the real world for real people.

I just love the card to pocket plot and on this DVD you will see a number of routines where the thought of card, the signed card, a number of cards and the whole deck vanish from your hands and end up in your pocket (or a pocket chosen by the spectator) and all without any palming or moves. Plus you will witness a brilliant borrowed ring to ring box and borrowed ring to your finger, this last effect is done with just one hand. If you do coin work then the Workeroo will be invaluable, great for complete vanishes, changes and ditching.

You will also see me and James just jazzing, if you like this type of magic then you'll love this, plus it will not take you very long to come up with your own routines. And remember, all of these effects can be performed in just a tee shirt and jeans if you wish, you really don't need to wear a jacket, I do when working but that's just a personal thing.

If you have any queries or questions about the Workeroo please don't hesitate to PM either myself or James.

All the best,

Gary Jones.
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DVDs/Effects; The Unknown - iCandy - More iCandy 1 & 2 - Dupes - 52 0n 1 Project - 74% Self Working - Flying Tonight - Pocket This - 6 Pack Coins - 6 Pack Cards - Thought Wave - Noted - Duality - Live Lecture Vol 1 - Pseudo Pickpocket - iContact - Shock Twist - Thought of Cards Across Plus - Touched - Colour Diffusion - Look No Hands Wayne Dobson - Automata - Box Pad - No Frills Lecture Notes 1 & 2 - The Ammo - Automata 2 - Black Market - Trick Soup - Automata 3 - Penguin Live Lecture - Upper Hand - Cartoon Capers.
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I haven't read all of these great things as I already know how great it is!!!

Thanks James, can't wait to use this at my next gig!!!!

Buy one NOW!

Ben Williams
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On 2007-07-30 16:25, Nechto wrote:
I haven't read all of these great things as I already know how great it is!!!

Thanks James, can't wait to use this at my next gig!!!!

Buy one NOW!

Ben Williams


Hi Ben,

Your brilliant effect TEAR-able Sessions is great when used in conjuction with the Workeroo, the vanish is a breeze. If you have Ben's excellent effect then you'll know what I mean.

Cheers Ben.

Gary.
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DVDs/Effects; The Unknown - iCandy - More iCandy 1 & 2 - Dupes - 52 0n 1 Project - 74% Self Working - Flying Tonight - Pocket This - 6 Pack Coins - 6 Pack Cards - Thought Wave - Noted - Duality - Live Lecture Vol 1 - Pseudo Pickpocket - iContact - Shock Twist - Thought of Cards Across Plus - Touched - Colour Diffusion - Look No Hands Wayne Dobson - Automata - Box Pad - No Frills Lecture Notes 1 & 2 - The Ammo - Automata 2 - Black Market - Trick Soup - Automata 3 - Penguin Live Lecture - Upper Hand - Cartoon Capers.
Christopher Williams
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And, I did hear Copperfield no longer needs a big screen or banner to vanish the staute of liberty! All thanks to James Brown! Do yourself a favour, and get this now!
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On 2007-07-30 16:52, Christopher Williams wrote:
And, I did hear Copperfield no longer needs a big screen or banner to vanish the staute of liberty! All thanks to James Brown! Do yourself a favour, and get this now!


Hi Chris,

Copperfield has just contacted me about buying one, I told Richard Copperfield to contact James direct Smile.

I use the Workeroo to clean up the bill switch and it also resets, I now use this with Gregory Wilson's brilliant pit stop move, awesome combination.

If you do the Torn and Restored Cig Paper try it with the Workeroo, it's as clean as can be, you can even get the spectator to tear the paper.

All the best,

Gary Jones.
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gary@garyjonesmagic.com

DVDs/Effects; The Unknown - iCandy - More iCandy 1 & 2 - Dupes - 52 0n 1 Project - 74% Self Working - Flying Tonight - Pocket This - 6 Pack Coins - 6 Pack Cards - Thought Wave - Noted - Duality - Live Lecture Vol 1 - Pseudo Pickpocket - iContact - Shock Twist - Thought of Cards Across Plus - Touched - Colour Diffusion - Look No Hands Wayne Dobson - Automata - Box Pad - No Frills Lecture Notes 1 & 2 - The Ammo - Automata 2 - Black Market - Trick Soup - Automata 3 - Penguin Live Lecture - Upper Hand - Cartoon Capers.
Christopher Williams
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Agreed, this is just down right awesome!
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Sounds amazing! No one has mentioned the price yet.

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Around 160ish US dollars
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Wow!...expensive, but after positive revues, I'll take the plunge. The demo video looks amazing!
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Can anyone compare the amount of sewing involved with the amount of sewing required for Richard Sander's Interlace? Interlace was a little too much needlework than I care for.

Also, could someone elaborate on what Paul said earlier about the device being portable?

Matt

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On 2007-07-30 15:03, Paul Wingham wrote
One further thought. Although it requires some sewing the device is portable and I think if you made a temporary modification to the device you could use it with just one pocket in a number of different pairs of trousers.
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Great review!!Wondering whether setting the thing up is a hassle?
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